We will play with the best possible members we currently have   

Comment from Team Manager Volker Finke on the day before the second round of the Emperor’s Cup against Tokyo International University

We found out about our opponent yesterday. We are going to play against Tokyo International University. Our players say that they always need to respect university players. I totally agree with them. But, I would like to win tomorrow’s match no matter what. I think it is necessary for us to have a good result tomorrow.
I have no intention of reiterating which players will not be playing in tomorrow’s match due to joining the national team. However, Takuya Okamoto who was going to play in tomorrow’s match, is now also away with the national team and will not be able to play.
Nevertheless, we are optimistic about the match we have tomorrow. This is because relatively young players who have not had much chance to play in official matches will play tomorrow. Several of them have not had the opportunity to play in many official matches despite the fact that they have improved their performance over the past few months. I think that tomorrow’s match will provide them with such a great opportunity. Since we do not have many of our main players with us, those players now have the chance to show their best performances.
Our team does not plan to give some recovery time to certain players for them to conserve energy as such for the reason we are playing against a university team. We will play the match with the best possible members we currently have.

[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD: OM)]